Hungary said on Saturday that Russia had started supplying additional gas to EU member states following the visit of its foreign minister to Moscow in July.
Hungary’s foreign ministry said trade talks with Moscow “have led to an agreement”, with the result that Russia’s Gazprom began deliveries on Friday “in excess of the already contracted amount”.
“Ensuring a safe supply of natural gas in the country is the obligation of the Hungarian government and we are complying with it,” Minister Tamas Menzer said on his Facebook page.
In the first phase, an additional 2.6 million cubic meters per day is expected to arrive from the south through the TurkStream pipeline by the end of August, he said, adding that negotiations are underway for a September delivery. .
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Sijart made an unannounced visit to Moscow in July to discuss the purchase of an additional 700 million cubic meters of natural gas.
In a post on Saturday, Mentzer referred to Sijart’s visit and said: “Given what is known about the current European market situation, such a massive acquisition would not be possible without Russian sources. One thing is clear,” he said.
The EU plans to cut gas consumption by 15% across the bloc, adding to the energy price crisis. Russiawar in Ukraine entered into force this week
However, in some EU member states, strict adherence to regulations led to carve-outs, which were called “voluntary demand cuts” anyway.
relies on gas piped directly from Hungary Russiawas asking for an exception.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/08/14/russia-starts-delivering-extra-gas-to-hungary-budapest-a78563 Russia begins delivering additional gas to Hungary – Budapest